Hey, is Campbell County, Tennessee always this hot in summer? I am not sure but the temperature inside certain parts of Campbell County Animal Center reached 91 degrees Farenheit on Wednesday and as consequence it was intolerable and perhaps life threatening for the animals. The reason? One of the air con units broke down on July 11th.
“It is too hot to have the animals in windowless rooms with not air circulating…If you have..large fans or portable a/c units that you wish to donate to the shelter please let us know….”
Knox News reports that on 12th July that some dogs and cats had been fostered to get them out of the building but 72 cats and 45 dogs remained at the swelteringly hot facility. Thirty are being housed at the Tennessee Valley Humane Society. Other animals have been removed from the building and are stacked in their crates in parts of the building where the air con works which is in the lobby, bathroom and the admin office.
To compound the crisis the shelter is over capacity anyway. The shelter limit is 130 but at present there are 170 animals ‘on their books’. They had ‘record breaking intakes’ in June and July (486 animals).
July the 4th and the aftermath is a day when the intake goes up. The fireworks cause pets to scram and become temporarily homeless.
The new a/c unit will take a week to install. It’s been ordered but the staff and animals will have to be patient. Posting on Facebook the shelter state that the new unit will arrive in 5-10 days (from last Wednesday). They said that they had to get the animals out of the building. Air con is a matter of life and death sometimes.
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